Tree butchering on 1st Street

9/17/2007:

Several readers wrote in wondering what was going on with the “pruning” of various trees on First Street this past week.

“Furey” sent this:

“Hey, have you seen what they did to all the trees on 1st Street between Willow and Garden? The north side of the street’s trees have been chopped. A once beautiful tree lined street ruined by the municipal government of Hoboken or a developer? Not sure who. Would love to find out what happened. “

Followed by “gmac17”:

“Wanted to see if you know anything about cutting down trees. I understand the need to trim trees, but i was really surprised to see how much they were taking off of these trees on 1st street last week. Anybody know why you cut them back so much? That is probably 10 years of growth…”

And finally, “Strand Tramp” thinks they have the answer (and may be right!):

“How about some coverage of the tree pruning (butchering) ongoing on 1st this week. Usually Hufnagel does it. Are they the guys doing it this time? Did the city mandate it? Is the city paying or did they force the property owners to foot the bill again? Also, have they considered that the lopping approach they take results in extreme growth of the roots, which causes the sidewalks to erupt? We learned this in high school biology class: Trim the sides and the plant grows taller, trim the top and the plant grows fatter & lop off the top and the root burst to life. Hufnagel is in on the payola IMO!”

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30 Comments on "Tree butchering on 1st Street"

chacha17
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chacha17

[quote comment=”57772″]Won’t somebody think of the saplings![/quote]

F’N PRICELESS!!!!!!

these comments are why i enjoy this site so much

thx, FAP

Sunshine
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Sunshine

Margaret,
I have several spots on my block where trees were. Do I go to the shade tree commission to ask the city to plant trees again or are property owners responsible for planting new trees?

Thank you for the information.

FAP
Member

Won’t somebody think of the saplings!

Margaret
Member

Do the research. Look up DUTCH ELM DISEASE and see why the OLD trees are being cut down and replaced! It is sad, but true.
The public can request the type of tree that replaces these old wounded guys by contacting the Shade Tree Commission (click on the Mayor’s web site). Coming ice storms, (and we have had a few over the years) can crash loose branches down on the ground regardless of who is walking under them, or whose car sits in the parking space near it. Pruning is now done by a PRIVATIZED agency and they are supposed to be experts that don’t cost the taxpayers excess money.I watched the tree people cut down a beautiful old Dutch Elm on 11th Street (near Garden) I felt OFFENDED, until I saw the center of the tree. IT was completely rotted inside almost two feet across. A good wind, or ice storm, which our weather people are predicting for this winter, could have killed somebody as it toppled. A nightmare would be a woman walking with children, or a baby in a carriage, or a nice car, or children coming home from school…..etc…etc….
Sad, but the TRUTH…Thank you for caring, Hoboken is full of people who question, research and CARE about living here, including the trees, old and new….A new innovation, would be to ask to sit in on a TREE COMMISSION MEETING!

Margaret

strand tramp
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strand tramp

kal-eel…the pear trees only live 25yrs. elvis, i’m not sure oaks do well in pollution environments. that is one reason the pears are planted in cities. and cities DO NOT want deep rooting trees because they attack sewer lines and clog them.

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